Accidents involving large trucks and tractor trailers are one of the major causes of traffic-related deaths in the US. A typical large commercial truck can weigh as much as 30 times more than an ordinary passenger automobile. Due to this size disparity, any collision between a truck and a passenger vehicle often results in disastrous consequences. Therefore, trucks are subject to special laws and regulations to minimize risk posed to the public. Our attorneys, with knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations, are well-equipped to help victims prevail in their cases.
Large trucks are sophisticated vehicles that require high-level, systematic maintenance in order to function in a safe manner. For example, trucks are required to be tested to ensure the functionality of all its parts including brakes, brake lights, steering, reflectors, fluid levels, and of course, the engine. Failure to perform the requisite maintenance or to keep detailed records of such inspections can result in fatal traffic accidents.
Another reason why truck accidents are responsible for a significant number of fatalities is because truck drivers typically work long hours and are often under pressure to meet demanding deadlines. The resulting fatigue and exhaustion on drivers can severely impair their judgment, often resulting in catastrophic accidents.
Trucking companies as well as their insurers often conduct their own analysis of the accident which is designed to put the unfortunate victims at a disadvantage. Therefore, it is imperative for a victim to retain attorneys who can perform their own thorough investigation, which often differs from the insurance company’s investigation.
Insurance companies try to maximize their own profits by attempting to pay truck accident victims a settlement that is often lower than what the victim may be entitled to. Our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to effectively represent clients injured by negligent truck drivers.